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Richard Ballon

PO Box 1017
Amherst MA 01004
413 362 4994
richardb@admin.umass.edu

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Full-Length Plays

All Souls
Presented in:

  • Ghost Light Theater Staged Readings, Gateway City Arts, Holyoke Mass
  • MFA Workshop, Kennedy Center, Washington DC | All Souls was nominated by Lesley University and was a semi-finalist for the workshop.

Countdown
Presented in:

  • Home Grown Festival, Greenfield Community College Greenfield Mass
  • One-Act Festival, Curtain Theater, University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Examiner
Presented in:

  • Actor’s Theater of Charlotte, Charlotte NC | The Examiner was a semi-finalist.
  • Ghost Light Theater Staged Readings, Gateway City Arts, Holyoke Mass
  • Lesley University New Play Reading Series, Cambridge, MA
Short Plays

Adios
Presented in:
Lesley University’s Graduate Student Readings, Cambridge MA

As It Appears: A Play about Bullying
Presented in:
Pride Week Play Easthampton Massachusetts High School

Benefit
Presented in:

  • 3rd Annual Fresh Fruit Festival’s Short Play Contest, Noyerican Café NYC | Benefit won audience favorite and continued into the main festival.
  • Women at Work Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater NYC
  • Secret Theater’s One Act:Act One Festival, Long Island City, NY

Circus Boy
Presented in:

  • Live a Little One Act Series, Palace Theater Seguin TX
  • MaMaDrama Stage Left Studio Theater NYC November

Glissade
Presented in:
Roger T. Sermon Center Stage by City Theatre of Independence, Missouri

Meet u @Stavros @2
Presented in:
Off the Book Festival HUGE Improv Theater Minneapolis

Midnight Clear
Presented in:
Suburban Holidays III Reading, MA

Overdue
Presented in:
Left Out Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater, NYC

Orphans
Presented in:
Boston Theater Marathon, Boston, MA

Syphilis?
Presented in:

  • Evening of New Work, Shea Theater Turners Falls, Massachusetts
  • Left Out Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater, NYC

The Accident
Presented in:

  • Boston Theatre Marathon, Boston MA
  • Missed Connections, One-Act Festival, River City Stages, NYC
  • Urban Stories of Power, Calgary, Alberta

The Hidden Word in My Vocabulary
Presented in:

  • Alumnae Theater’s New Ideas Festival, Toronto, Ontario
  • Red Bull Theater at Playwrights Horizon NYC

Things That Go Bump
Presented in:

  • Inspirato Festival, Toronto Ontario
  • Left Out Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater NYC

What Friends are For
Presented in:
Naughty Readings, Image Theater, Lowell Mass

Wintergreen and Smoke
Presented in:
Left Out Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater, NYC

Monologues

Beneath the Window
Presented in:
Small Fish Radio and Theater, Chicago

Blind Date
Presented in:
Marathon, One Minute Sprints. Boston. MA

Bulgakov
Presented in:

  • One Woman Standing Festival, Emerging Artist Theater at TADA, NYC
  • Piney Fork Press Theater Festival NYPL Riverside, NYC
  • Syllable Series, La Paloma Café, Hartford Connecticut

Cassandra’s Choice
Presented in:

  • Lesley University’s Creative Readings Sherrill Library, Cambridge MA
  • Loading Dock Gallery Juried Show on Alienation, Lowell Mass
  • Piney Fork Press Theater Festival NYPL Riverside, NYC
  • Shad Radio Hour, Shelburne Falls Mass
  • Universal Theater Winter Festival, Provincetown Mass

Cellfish
Presented in:
One Man Standing Festival, Emerging Artist Theater at TADA, NYC May

Cluster
Presented in:
Sola Voces, Estrogenius Festival, Manhattan Theater Source

Desert Storm
Presented in:

  • ArtHotel. Montreal Quebec September
  • Asphalt Shorts, Kitchener Ontario July
  • Lesley University’s Creative Readings Sherrill Library, Cambridge MA

Doubletake
Presented in:

  • I am the Shea Festival, Shea Theater Turners Falls, Massachusetts January
  • Left Out Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater NYC

Enough of a Little
Presented in:

  • Augusta Savage Gallery University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Out of the Blue Gallery, Cambridge Mass

Forsythia
Presented in:

  • ArtHotel. Montreal Quebec September
  • Women at Work Festival Stage Left Studio Theater, New York City

Griselda
Presented in:

  • MaMaDrama Stage Left Studio Theater NYC November
  • The Good Ear Review Magazine

His Name was Doug
Presented in:

  • Coming of Age, True stories of Love, Loss and Learning Harvard Cultural Center, Harvard, MA
  • Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Vol. 1 Qommunicate Media

How Leaving Came to Me
Presented in:

  • Bolder Life Festival
  • One Woman Standing Festival, Emerging Artist Theater at TADA, NYC

How We Began
Presented in:

  • Caffeine Theater’s Dylan Thomas Festival, Chicago IL
  • Left Out Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater NYC
  • Small Fish Radio and Theater, Chicago
  • Specter Magazine
  • Specter Magazine: Online Magazine
  • Walking the Wire Festival OMG, Riverside Theater, Iowa City

Kanga
Presented in:
Women at Work Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater NYC

Light on Nob Hill
Presented in:
The Fine Art of Storytelling, Image Theater, Lowell Mass

Mama and the Baby Jesus
Presented in:

  • Family: True Stories, Harvard MA Cultural Collaborative
  • Memories of my Mother Festival, Miami Botanical Gardens
  • Two Countries Anthology

O Christmas Tree
Presented in:
One Man Talking Festival, Emerging Artist Theater at TADA, NYC

Paddy McClintlock
Presented in:

  • Evening of New Work, Shea Theater Turners Falls, Massachusetts
  • I am the Shea Festival, Shea Theater Turners Falls, Massachusetts January
  • Universal Theater Winter Festival, Provincetown Mass
  • Walking the Wire Festival, Riverside Theater Iowa City
  • Women at Work Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater, NYC

Pelican Girls
Presented in:

  • Estrogenius 2011 Collection of Plays
  • For Better or Worse Festival. Fresh Water Theatre, Minneapolis
  • Loading Dock Gallery Juried Show on Alienation, Lowell Mass
  • Sola Voces, Estrogenius Festival, Manhattan Theater Source, NYC
  • Solo/ An evening of Monologues Owl tree Theater, Raleigh, NC

Pillow Talk
Presented in:
One Man Standing Festival, Emerging Artist Theater at TADA, NYC May

Petrushka
Presented in:
Syllable Series, La Paloma Café, Hartford Connecticut

Ricky Boy
Presented in:

  • Evening of New Work, Shea Theater Turners Falls, Massachusetts
  • I am the Shea Festival, Shea Theater Turners Falls, Massachusetts January
  • Women at Work Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater NYC

Swananoa
Presented in:

  • Asphalt Shorts, Kitchener Ontario
  • One Man Standing Festival, Emerging Artist Theater at TADA, NYC May

Table Setting
Presented in:
One Man Talking Festival, Emerging Artist Theater at TADA, NYC

That Apron
Presented in:
Apron Strings Project, Riverside NY

That Bench Over There
Presented in:

  • Asphalt Shorts, Kitchener Ontario
  • Black Box Series University of Hawaii

That First Winter
Presented in:

  • All For One Headliner, Under St. Mark’s NYC
  • Sola Voces, Estrogenius Festival, Manhattan Theater Source

The Last Blow
Presented in:

  • One Woman Standing Festival, Emerging Artist Theater at TADA, NYC
  • Women at Work Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater, NYC

The Last Words
Presented in:

  • Asphalt Shorts, Kitchener Ontario
  • One Man Standing Festival, Emerging Artist Theater at TADA, NYC May

The Perfect Match
Presented in:
Asphalt Shorts, Kitchener Ontario July

The Support Group
Presented in:
One Man Talking Festival, Emerging Artist Theater at TADA, NYC

Thumbprint
Presented in:

  • First Break Festival, Manchester England
  • I am the Shea Festival, Shea Theater Turners Falls, Massachusetts
  • Left Out Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater NYC
  • Monologues that Go Bump, Coffeeblack Productions Brooklyn NY March

Trailer Talk
Presented in:
Solo/ An evening of Monologues Owl tree Theater, Raleigh, NC

Trickledown
Presented in:

  • Estrogenius 2008
  • I am the Shea Festival, Shea Theater Turners Falls, Massachusetts January
  • Sola Voces, Estrogenius Festival, Manhattan Theater Source

Slaves
Presented in:
Women at Work Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater NYC

Spirited
Presented in:

  • Evening of New Work, Shea Theater Turners Falls, Massachusetts
  • Women at Work Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater, NYC

Vampiro
Presented in:
All For One Headliner, Under St. Mark’s NYC

Wedding March
Presented in:

  • Lesley University’s Creative Readings Sherrill Library, Cambridge MA
  • One Man Talking Festival, Emerging Artist Theater at TADA, NYC

When the Dead Talk Back
An evening of monologues supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural council.
Presented in:

  • Phineas Newton Memorial Library, Royalston MA
  • Wendell Public Library Wendell, Mass

Zephyr
Presented in:
ArtHotel. Montreal Quebec September

Film Acting

A Home for Curiosities by Ben Tobin
Role:
Actor: Basil Horny

Amherst Cinema Promotional Commercial
Role:
Actor: Patron

Amherst Cinema Summer Promotional Membership Commercial
Role:
Actor: Patron

A Week in Paradise by Gabriel Bernini
Role:
Actor: Store Clerk

Beyond Hello, a feature film by Juno Orion
Role:
Actor: The Father

Distant Comfort by Gabriel Ross-Reich
Role:
Actor: Father

Edward Bunton by Nikko Koetsch
Role:
Actor: Edward Bunton

Harbored Gardens by Dominic Poropat
Role:
Actor: Frank

In Dreams: a movie by Jeremy Musher
Role:
Actor: Silas’ father

Lily of the Valley by Ben Farber
Role:
Actor: Husband

Spooners, A Film by Bryan Horch
Role:
Actor and Casting: Role of Jeff
Spooners played in festivals across the USA as well as in Barcelona and Cardiff. It has won ten audience favorite awards.

Film Writing

Short film: Benefit of the Sponsor
A short video written and directed by Richard Ballon. Screenplay by Peter Marvin and Richard Ballon.
Supported in part by the Massachusetts Arts Council.
Presented in:

  • Cineslam GLBT Festival, Guildford, Vermont
  • Spokane Washington’s GLBT film Festival

Short film: Circus Boy
Based on a short play by Richard Ballon. Screenplay by Peter Marvin and Richard Ballon.
Supported in part by the Massachusetts Arts Council.

Short film: Dear Edward
Based on a monologue by Richard Ballon. Screenplay by Matt Bucy and Richard Ballon
noisytownpictures.com
Marvin/Ballon Productions, Amherst MA
Presented in:

  • Cineslam GLBT Festival, Guildford Vermont
  • Noisy Town Pictures, White River Junction VT
  • Popcorn Noir Festival of Short Films
  • Pride of the Ocean Film Festival, Bermuda
  • Saginaw Film Festival, Saginaw Michigan
  • Vermont Bear Festival, Guilford Vermont

Short film: The Pure Dark
Based on a monologue by Richard Ballon. Screenplay by Peter Marvin and Richard Ballon.
Supported in part by the Massachusetts Arts Council.
Presented in:

  • Cineslam GLBT Festival, Guildford, Vermont
  • Blue November Film Festival, Seattle Washington

Short film: We Who Will Ascend
Presented in:
Popcorn Noir Festival of Short Films

Publication

Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthologies
Featured works:

  • Play: Adios
  • Play: Seeing Eye to Eye
  • Play: Seeing Eye to Eye
  • Memoir: His Name was Doug

Hashtag Queer: Queer Around the World
Featured works:

  • Memoir: First Night in Bangkok

Queer Families LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology
Featured works:

  • Memoir: What We Imagine and What Will Follow

Estrogenius Collection of Plays
Featured works:

  • Monologue: Pelican Girls
  • Monologue: Cluster
  • Monologue: Trickledown

Specter Magazine
Featured works:
Monologue: How We Began

Two Countries Anthology
Edited by Tina Schumann
Featured works:

  • Short Story: Father out of my Life
  • Monologue: Mama and the Baby Jesus

Biostory
Featured works:
Memoir: Sky

Soul-Lit Magazine
Featured works:

  • Poem: The Lie of Scarcity
  • Grasping God
  • Last Will
  • Dance with Me

Toska Magazine Summer Edition
Featured works:
Published Memoir: Green Land of Light and Shadow

Impact: An Anthology of Short Memoirs Edited by Coco Harris
Featured works:
Published Memoir: Green Land of Light and Shadow

Hyacinth Noir: Magazine
Featured works:

  • Poem: Succubi
  • Odin’s Wood
  • The Craft

Caterpillar Chronicles
Featured works:
Short story: Drunk with Myself

The Good Ear Review Magazine
Featured works:
Monologue: Griselda

Owen Gallery M.O.M.A. Machynlleth Wales
Featured works:
2 Poems at the “feeling alive” – Reflections in Verse on an Open Exhibition.

ultra Short Memoir
Featured works:
Short story: Father out of my life

Enough of A Little, To Know the All
Featured works:
Publication of a collection of poems, short plays and monologues by Leveller’s Press. Book launch reading at Food For Thought Books. The collection is available through Amazon.com

Development

Atlantic Center for the Arts Residencies, New Smyrna Beach, FL

  • Three week intensive with screenwiter James Lecesne
  • Three week intensive with playwright Dael Orlander-Smith

Compassionate Creativity with Kali Quinn, KO Festival, Amherst MA
Week long intensive uniting compassion to your creativity.

Crafting Your Story for Performance with Gerard Stropnicky, KO Festival, MA
Week long intensive in techniques of storytelling and memoir as spoken word.

Double Edge Theater Intensive, Ashfield, MA
Weekend intensive in physical training with music, large object work.

Ghost River Theater Intensive in Devised Theater, Calgary Alberta
Three week intensive for theater professionals in Devised Theater

Kennedy Center Intensive in Playwriting, Kennedy Center Washington DC

Kennedy Center Intensive in Playwriting, Washington DC
Accepted as a returning alum guest artist for a four day intensive in playwriting, and also as a guest artist for a weekend intensive in playwriting in both 2010 and 2011.
Had classes and seminars with Gary Garrison, Mark Bly, Kathy Nordgren, David Ives, Marsha Norman, Judith Jensen, Heather McDonald and representatives from the theater industry. Parting of their Hair was read at the conference.

National Playwright’s Symposium, Cape May NJ

  • Accepted for intensive five day workshop in May with Christopher Durang, Steven Dietz, Joshua Harman and Mark St. Germain
  • Accepted for intensive five day workshop with Lee Blessing, Stephen Adley Guirgus, William Mastrosimone, John Pielmeier

Pilobolus Dance Theater Summer Workshop, Bethlehem, CT
Week long intensive in dance creation and improvisation.

TV Writers Symposium, Woods Hole MA
Weekend workshop with P.K.Simonds.

Other Work:

Two full lengths: One Good Look (1986) and In The Name Of God (1990), were funded by the UMASS Arts Council, Southwest Residential Arts and the Cultural Enrichment Fund of the University of Massachusetts, and played to sold out houses at the Hampden Theater. A third play, The Hidden Word In My Vocabulary, was part of a Poetry in Motion Festival sponsored by the Evergreen Theater of Hadley, Mass. (1992)

Zephyr (1994-2000) is a six-part mini-series, which I wrote and directed for Amherst Community Television, Amherst Massachusetts. This six-year project won five placements in Access Television Contests. Three episodes have been placed in finalist positions; two have won first prize. Besides private donations and in-kind services, Zephyr received several grants from The Amherst Arts Council and the Pelham Arts Council.

Benefit, a one-act play, was accepted to the 2002 Last Frontier Theater Conference in Alaska. Benefit was part of Short Stories 5 an equity showcase produced by Native Aliens at the Flatiron Playhouse in New York City in 2003.

As It Appears was commissioned for the gay/straight alliance of Easthampton High School. It was performed in May 2004, 2008 and 2012 by Easthampton High School students, with over half the student body (500 students) enjoying its performance. Twin Limb of the Same Family Tree (also commissioned) was performed in May 2005 and was funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Richard Ballon has had poetry and short stories published in: Social Anarchism, St. Anthony Messenger, Changing Men, Onionhead, Fellowship in Prayer, Fag Rag, Visions International, The Haight Ashbury Review, Poetpourri, Zuzu’s Petals, The Lilliput Review, to name a few. Richard is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild.